Antonio invited Nicole to a casual lunch as a ploy for his marriage proposal to her. "Antonio told me that one of his good friends was shooting a short video and asked us to be extras," said Nicole. "I said, 'No' right away because I'm too shy and hate being on camera, so he told me we would go to lunch instead." After arriving at the picturesque Cedarmere Park in Roslyn Harbor, the supposed lunch location, Nicole asked why they were there because there wasn't a restaurant in sight. Antonio kept up the charade and told her they had to walk over a bridge to get to the restaurant. "As we walked over the bridge, I saw a little husky puppy tied to a bench all by herself," Nicole said. "Then Antonio turned to me and said, 'She's yours! Go get her."' Nicole ran up to the puppy and right away Antonio asked, "What's her name? Check her nametag!" But, Nicole was "too excited about the dog to even check her tag." After Antonio asked her several times for the puppy's name Nicole finally looked at the heart-shaped tag on her collar that read "Will you marry me?" When Nicole turned around, "Antonio was down on one knee and of course, I said, 'Yes!"'
Nicole and Antonio sent out save the dates featuring an engagement photo of them with Stella, the husky Antonio gifted Nicole with when he proposed. They held a traditional church ceremony at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church in Deer Park surrounded by their closest family members and friends. "We didn't need to decorate much because the church was so pretty, so we kept it simple and added white tulle bows with baby's breath to the church pews,"
The reception was held at Larkfield in East Northport, with the ballroom decorated in a romantic and rustic theme. The alternating centerpieces featured white-and-gray rustic lanterns with pillar candles and baby's breath, as well as silver julep cups with roses, baby's breath, and votive candles. At the cocktail hour, guests were served a lavish spread of appetizers that included coconut shrimp, crab cakes, chicken and waffles, sushi, fried dumplings, sliders, Reuben sandwiches, a mac-and-cheese bar, pasta station, Mediterranean station and carving station. For the main course, guests dined on penne alla vodka, filet mignon, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi and rack of lamb. After dinner, the newlyweds cut the round, naked cake with flowers that matched the centerpieces. Guests were also treated to a Viennese hour with a variety of Italian pastries, cannoli, cookies, chocolate fountains, deep-fried Oreos, tiramisu, a Frappuccino station, and other decadent treats.
After the big day, Nicole and Antonio jetted off to a seven-night honeymoon at an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Antiqua. “One of our highlights of the trip was the floating pool tapas experience in the private pool that we received as a gift from my bridesmaids,” said Nicole. “We enjoyed tapas and champagne on a handmade, floating tray while watching a beautiful sunset.”
“The entire wedding day was incredible, but our favorite part was dancing and having a good time with our family and friends,” Nicole said. “It all came out better than we expected.”